To improve operational efficiencies, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation relocated its offices to a new space. The project brings together nearly 200 employees representing a range of the Guggenheim’s administrative departments, creating a highly collaborative environment to support its work and mission.
Designed by Studio Gang Architects, the full-floor office arranges departmental adjacencies into “Super Blocks” along a central laneway and places a strong emphasis on natural light, acoustics, and symmetry. The project includes a combination of open and private offices, meeting rooms, an extensive materials library, model room, canteen and pantry. Additional features include a generator-connected IT data center, a high-density filing system for the institution’s art publication collection, an improved heating and cooling design, and precise attention to acoustical details for both mechanical as well as intra-office noise.
Role + Responsibilities
Zubatkin was engaged by the Guggenheim to oversee all aspects of the project’s planning and implementation. At the start of the project, the Zubatkin team advised on real estate options and assisted in the site selection process, including the assessment of program needs, comparisons of base building mechanical systems, and review of the lease terms. The firm subsequently oversaw the design, construction, as well as the logistical coordination of the move into the new space. The In-House Technical Group assisted in the review of drawings and provided input on the architectural design details, code requirements, acoustical concerns, and engineering requirements.
The project was successfully delivered under budget and on a fast-track schedule.